Showing posts with label black. Show all posts
Showing posts with label black. Show all posts

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vintage Watercolor Prints

I showed one of my Mary Gold Mother's Day Verse Prints.
Today I thought I'd share my other three prints that are "Marygold".

They are usually hanging in my bedroom hallway where the light is poor,
so I brought them into my new favorite spot;
my dining room.

( I'm just loving the new paint and paper!!)

Below is "Love's Siesta".

Mary Gold was a painter and watercolorist from the teens and 1920's. Many of her subjects use a black background depicting nighttime. They have the same lovely ladies, dressed in crinolines in romantic settings.

Below, is "Arabian Love".

So sorry for the glare on these, the glass is so reflective.

"The Mother" was a Mother's Day gift to me from my
sweet younger daughter several years ago.
I was so surprised, and I credit her for starting my
passion for Mary Gold.

Say Hello to my really old wire plantstand.
The original yellow paint is barely visible,
but so yummy!


I'm linking up with Vintage Black Friday
at the French Cupboard.

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

over at My Favorite Things.

at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie.

My head is better, but still bruising, some swelling
 and I need spackling for my "divot".

I've been in hiding for the last few days.

It felt like a broken nose,
with an all-week headache to go with it,
but hey...
what can you do for that?

I'm surviving!

Hope you all are staying "boo boo free"

love ya,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Vintage Black Friday: Give Back Week and Black As an Accent Color

I'm so glad that Vintage Black Friday has returned. This is the 2nd installment of the monthly party to be found the first Friday of each month.

I'm not a decorator by trade, but I've learned a few things over the years about decorating. Having moved to several houses in my adult married life, I've learned that it's important to have furniture and accessories that are "mix and match". I call them "Garanimal Furniture". Going back to finding clothes for my girls as toddlers, there was a brand carried at Sears that was completely interchangeable. Each piece fit nicely with any other item in the line. That has been an idea that I have adapted to decorating. Keeping a few "colors" and accent pieces that are totally interchangeable. I get bored with my surroundings and like to change things up frequently. If I can't move or change out furniture, then I like to seasonally mix up accessories and vignettes.

Print and vintage frame found in the powder room,
but in the Dining room for better natural light.

I keep a color palette of varying hues of khaki, sage green, and gold, with hints of dark red. Gold or brass is my accent metal, and I also use black in healthy doses as an accent. Some of these items you've seen before, but today I'm using them to show how accent colors can unify and bring continuity to a home. I love white and neutrals and having white woodwork, I am bringing in more white painted furniture, but I also love color. I guess I would say I lean toward English and French Country. Vintage and antique pieces add to the foundation.

Lampshades and a clock on the Living Room mantel.

Decorative painted French box on my black writing desk

Old rustic church pew

Hat boxes in the Entry on a French gilt table.

Kitchen print with black frame

And a variety of black tole trays on the kitchen counter

A tiny print in the powder room

And a new black distressed clock
 that is usually found in the family room

These are just a few of the black accessories
 I have used in my home to help bring it all together.

Please run over to The French Cupboard
and check the McLinky to see the other
Vintage Black Friday participants.

If you haven't yet entered my

please click and leave a comment
on the post from March 1.

Thank you for all the sweet and funny Birthday Wishes!
Each one warmed my heart,
 and so many made me laugh.

And thank you to all those
who posted about my Give Back
and joined as a follower.
I'll be over for a visit soon!

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Vintage Black Friday No. 1

Vintage Black Friday

is here again
and I almost missed it!

Jill, from Gypsy Brocante's
wonderful Friday Party from last Fall
is returning to the French Cupboard,
the first Friday of each month.

I found this wonderful turn of the century graphic
a few years ago at a local flea market.
It's original glass was broken,
so I paid a small fraction of what it was worth.

I had the glass replaced, and saved the original piece
then recycled it into smaller sizes.
I couldn't throw it away.
It was all wavy and bubbly.

This usually hangs in our stairway,
but the lighting is poor,
so I had to bring it to the Dining Room.
Sorry the glare is so distracting.


I love the black frame and background,
and those sweet "lily of the valley".

I love the sweet sentiment.
It is a prayer to me.
God Bless Our Homes

I'm so excited that Black Friday is returning!
 Click the link to the French Cupboard
 to see the rest of the party-goers.

Have a wonderful Vintage Black Friday!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Adieu, Vintage Black Friday

This is the last post for Vintage Black Friday. (sigh)
Jill from Gypsy Brocante has been a wonderful hostess,
for this exceptionally creative party.

The day after Thanksgiving is a busy one for all of us...
Family, friends, decorating for Christmas, and let's not forget...

So for this last opportunity, I wanted to share
a few photos of some of my vintage black
 from the Master Bedroom.

I believe this large men's hat box
 must have been for a "top hat".

And then there are black ladies hatboxes.

And a vintage Italian wall piece with decoupaged insets.

Hat box from my studio

Vintage Italian jewelry box on my dresser.

Small portraits of French ladies

Watercolor print of Windsor Castle
that Erin brought me back from England

And one of my favorites; a Ladies classic riding helmet.
Not too old, but I love the deep burgundy, almost black, velvet.
I can live out my fantasies in this.

(I recently confessed to my husband,
 that although I don't have many "fantasies",
that the Rolex commercial was one of them.
Oh, and I'll take the watch, too)

I couldn't find the women's commercial, this will have to do

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Be sure to work off all those extra calories,
with some shopping calisthenics.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vintage Black Friday, Flea Market Finds

With only two Vintage Black Fridays left,
I still have a lot of images to share.

These are a few that I grouped in my Living Room
resting on my antique embroidered velvet crazy quilt.
All these items were found at flea markets this last year.

Even this Bible and crucifix from the 1930's.

This lovely depiction of Jesus is the one exception.
 I found it at Inspirational Home here in Springfield.
Which reminds me, that next week I will be showcasing
Inspirational Home for their Christmas Open House.

My husband got me started with my fascination with daguerreotypes a few years ago. I don't have many but I love that they are remembrances carried with loved ones.

And since it's almost Thanksgiving I thought I'd add
a black and white image of a vintage post card.


Time is about to run out for Vintage Black Friday.
If you haven't joined in yet please head to
Gypsy Brocante and say Hello to Jill.

And look at the wonderful surprise I received
 from The Gypsy herself!

She put together an incredible assortment of
vintage goodies to make a wonderful art piece!

Can't wait to get started.
Thank you Jill, for your sweet gift!

Don't you just adore this black and white tissue paper?
It's just the beginning of the wonderful goodies.

Darling cabinet card, doilie, black buttons, lace...

vintage bingo card, dictionary pages, key, silver spoon handle...
Oh my goodness. It's all wonderful!

Have a wonderful Friday,
full of Vintage Fun!


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